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People are getting a lot of coronavirus news from traditional media, but they trust information from their employers more

By Hanaa Tameez, for NiemanLab The coronavirus pandemic continues to throw salt in the wound we journalists have about the public’s trust in news. The communications firm Edelman published a special edition of its annual Trust Barometer Report that highlights the role that the private sector must play in informing people about the coronavirus crisis. Unfortunately, the study also underscores the public’s conflicting views of the news media. From CEO

It’s not just the content, it’s the business model: democracy’s online speech challenge

A Report from Ranking Digital Rights By Nathalie Maréchal, Ellery Roberts Biddle, for Open Technology Institute Download PDF Abstract This report, the first in a two-part series, articulates the connection between surveillance-based business models and the health of democracy. Drawing from Ranking Digital Rights’s extensive research on corporate policies and digital rights, we examine two overarching types of algorithms, give examples of how these technologies are used both to propagate and prohibit

Findings of mass media monitoring in Armenia: Detecting propaganda (second monitoring)

By 3DCFTAs Analytical Center for Globalization and Regional Cooperation (ACGRC) during October‐December 2018 within the scope of Second Cycle: Measuring the public views regarding International organizations and Monitoring of Media in Armenia on Disinformation and ‘Fake News’ project conducted monitoring of selected Russian and Armenian mass-media in order to identify propaganda and consider the influence of Russian media on Armenian media. Download here. By 3DCFTAs

How screwed are we? Experts don’t see a bright future for technology’s impact on democracy (or journalism)

LINK: www.pewresearch.org  ➚  By Hanaa’ Tameez, for NiemanLab If, on this Monday in an election year, you are hopeful that technology and the internet will improve democracy in the next decade, you’re in the minority. A new Pew Research Center report (done in partnership with Elon University’s Imagining the Internet Center) surveyed hundreds of technology experts about whether or not digital disruption will help or hurt democracy by 2030. Of the

“Rated false”: Here’s the most interesting new research on fake news and fact-checking

By Denise-Marie Ordway, for NiemanLab Journalist’s Resource sifts through the academic journals so you don’t have to. Here they collect the best of 2019, including research into the effectiveness of fact-checking, why people are susceptible to fake news, and the changing volume of misinformation on social media. Editor’s note: There’s a lot of interesting academic research going on in digital media — but who has time to sift through all

Handbook on сountering Russian and Chinese шnterference in Europe

By European Values Analysis of the texts of annual intelligence reports has proven what the European Values Center for Security Policy has been claiming for years. The hostile influence operations are not a random occurrence, nor are they a phenomenon that concerns a few countries only. In fact, our research has uncovered a broad consensus among the intelligence agencies in terms of existing tactics and tools applied by Russia and

Trusting the news media in the Trump era

By Jeffrey Gottfried, Galen Stocking, Elizabeth Grieco, Mason Walker, Maya Khuzam and Amy Mitchell, for Pew Research Center Partisan dynamics overshadow other factors in Americans’ evaluations of the news media It is no secret that, in an information environment characterized by deep tensions between President Donald Trump and national news organizations, Americans are divided in their trust of the news media. A new Pew Research Center exploration of more than

Men and white people believe the news is less reliable now than it was in the past. Women and people of color think it’s gotten more reliable.

By Laura Hazard Owen, for NiemanLab Different groups of Americans perceive news very differently: It depends on your race, gender, age, education level, and political affiliation, according to a new RAND survey of 2,543 Americans ages 21 and older. The research is part of RAND’s ongoing “Truth Decay” research. There’s plenty here that won’t be surprising to people who’ve followed research from Pew and others: People who rely primarily on

How social media companies are failing to combat inauthentic behaviour online

By Sebastian Bay, Rolf Fredheim, for NATO Strategic Communication Centre of Excellence Download publication file (2.77 MB) EXECUTIVE SUMMARY From the 2014 invasion of Ukraine to more recent attempts to interfere in democratic elections, antagonists seeking to influence their adversaries have turned to social media manipulation. At the heart of this practice is a flourishing market dominated by Manipulation Service Providers (MSPs) based in Russia. Buyers range from individuals to

Understanding and reducing the spread of misinformation online

Authors: Gordon Pennycook, Ziv Epstein, Mohsen Mosleh, Antonio Arechar, Dean Eckles, David Rand Abstract The spread of false and misleading news on social media is of great societal concern. Why do people share such content, and what can be done about it? In a first survey experiment (N=1,015), we demonstrate a disconnect between accuracy judgments and sharing intentions: even though true headlines are rated as much more accurate than false

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